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Blog & I don't what to call it :/

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My Thoughts on my Quickly Changing Life

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I'm scared.

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I'm back!

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my dream about wildminds

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meeting another wildminds member

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Old Classmates

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Turning MD into ART

We're all creative but wasteful with our creativity.  Why not turn our daydreams into novels and other creative endeavors?Join in!  We can all encourage each other!  We can turn our daydreaming into something "adaptive" for a change.See More
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I'm new here...

Greetings.I am autistic. The internet, my parents and some psychologists tried to learn me how to ‘live/deal with it’. For them that means; use your brain and skills to eliminate your problems and learn how to live with others. With other words: They learn me how to hide it. I never took that advise.It is like there would be a monster in your house. For ‘normal’ people, ‘living with it’ means that you shove the monster under a carpet every time friends come over. For me it means, having dinner…See More
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MD Writers-Share Your Stories Here!

Who else writes about their MD plot in a book/novel form? If so, join us! Share your stories here! Post important scenes/events in your daydreams here, and introduce other MDers to your characters and stories! See More
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Negative Daydreamers?

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Blog & I don't what to call it :/

Ok, so I know these websites aren't really for self diagnosis and such.But I would like to share with you some symptoms of things that I've have no ideas they are for. For example:• I still don't know my left and right, I have to use my hands{• The other day I had trouble knowing the right side of the remote to use for the TV. It was dark but I used my flashlight on my ipod and still has to think about it for a while.}• I have to think about a word and how to pronounce it. (I have a birth…See More
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.


When daydreams fall apart

Started by Joy yesterday. 0 Replies

Hello there, everybody.  New to the site; glad to have found a place of kindred spirits.  I am a life-long daydreamer; however, I haven't been daydreaming as much lately as I used to.  For me, most of my daydreams are funny and entertaining and I…Continue

Dancing and daydreaming

Started by Gwenevere. Last reply by Cyan yesterday. 1 Reply

I've read a few times now that people dance when they daydream.  I myself am a pacer/actress.  For you dancers--do you dance because the characters in your daydream are dancing, or is it just that the motion of dancing helps you daydream?  And when…Continue

Does anyone know?

Started by Adriene. Last reply by Gwenevere on Monday. 445 Replies

Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue

Does writing help you? Why or why not?

Started by Gwenevere. Last reply by cltreader on Sunday. 1 Reply

A couple of friends have suggested I write about the people I make up.  I'm wondering if any of you have tried to translate daydreams into written fiction and how you experienced the process.  Thank you.  Continue

What is your point of view when you daydream?

Started by MGinny. Last reply by Sabrina Diamond on Sunday. 25 Replies

When you daydream, how do you see? Like in a movie, watching everything from a distance, or through your character/your eyes just like in real life?I see everything like a movie, even if I daydream about myself, I see myself..Continue

I'm just exploring this

Started by SnowPatrolGirl. Last reply by Sabrina Diamond on Sunday. 4 Replies

Hi. I have autism and stuff and I think I have MD if it's real. I fantasize all the time for hours about meeting celebrities or friends/family and talking to them, making up conversations, and stories about imaginary people. I do lay in bed for a…Continue

A typical day

Started by Amanda Lewone. Last reply by Sabrina Diamond on Sunday. 4 Replies

Hi. I was just wondering what everyone gets up to on a typical day.

Compulsive Action

Started by dream_away. Last reply by Natalie on Saturday. 17 Replies

From what I've read, I know that performing a compulsive action is common during daydreams. Some include pacing, tapping, or rocking back and forth. For whatever reason, mine is jumping. I'm 14, and live with my 5 other family members, and they…Continue

Who edited the Maladaptive Daydreaming Wikipedia page?

Started by Selena. Last reply by MatthewR on Friday. 2 Replies

Someone went to the MD wiki page and deleted alot of information. Right now, there is only one sentence in it, and it took out the signs and symptoms and alot of useful info about MD. I hope someone could put those things back in because, the…Continue


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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

    Out of My Mind…


    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010 at 7:36pm. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010.

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    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14am. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010.


    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.


    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.



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